I've been looking into getting into the professional baking/decorating scene, but at the moment I'm feeling totally discouraged. I've only been able to find one kitchen for rent, and I can't wrap my mind around $25/hour rent and how that could ever make a small start up business feasible. I don't have a client base to start from - I refuse to sell illegally out of my home, so I haven't advertised and most of my friends/family who I make cakes for would never spend the kind of money I would have to charge.
I would love to hear some stories about how people have found kitchens to rent and have successfully started their cake business in this kind of rental market. Did you cold call every caterer in the city? Ad of Kijiji? Through a friend? An incubator?